The Guardian reported on 23 February 2021 that 6500 immigrant workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have died during the construction of World Cup 2022 facilities in Qatar. The dead left behind families waiting for their beloved providers to come home bringing the cost of the basics for living. Unfortunately, they came back penniless in boxes.
During their mission in Qatar, they were living in conditions unsuitable even for animals: poor hygiene, poor ventilation in overcrowded camps working under the sizzling sun of the desert with poor safety measures. Anyone can see videos about the appalling conditions they lived in on YouTube and read the numerous reports on this case.
The governments have their calculations which are different from ordinary people, but nations should understand that any penny they pay will encourage Qatar to continue its horrific treatment of expatriates. Only nations can put an end to this unprecedented abuse of expatriates and violations of human rights. If governments depend on bribery and pragmatic interests, nations should adopt ethics as their sole criterion for support and lack thereof.
If anyone attends the event, they will boost Qatar’s inhuman treatment of expatriates and encourage it to kill more and more of poor people by subjecting them to unimaginable harsh living and working conditions.
Reports have filled newspapers and complaints have flooded NGOs in vain. It is time that nations rise up to human rights as staunch defenders of humanity and boycott the event. The message is “human life is more precious than money and fame”. Even animals should be treated more justly and should not be placed under such conditions because they have no defenders who speak on their behalf.
All nations should be the defenders of the deceased workers and defend them and those who will die in the future. There is still more than a year for the event, and more poor workers will probably die. If civilization cannot protect innocent people, then it does deserve the word “civilization” and we should be all dubbed “Barbaric human beings”.
The dead workers were treated like slaves, and it is our duty to stop this barbaric abuse of human rights.